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A product guide to fluorescence and Photoluminescence
Above Photo: Glow Paint Industries 250ml UV Neon Face and Body Paints.

Black lights emit UV Ultraviolet light that cannot be seen by humans

The fluorescent paint absorbs the ultraviolet light and then re-emits the visible wavelengths that we see as fluorescence.
It works in the way of one colour in one colour out.
Fluorescent Paints are fluro – Neon coloured in normal day light conditions but when exposed to a black light in dark or semi lit conditions will illuminate (Fluoresce).
Above Photo: Bonapartes bar in W.A Australia.

Fluorescent Face and Body Paints

Bonapartes bar W.A Australia. This photo is from there Glow Party. For fluorescent face and body paints click here
Above Photo: A painting that was painted for a New Years Eve Glow Party.
Above Photo: Fluorescent Paints used on walls at a home Glow Birthday Party.
Above Photo: Green Glow in the dark Christmas tree.
Green glow in the dark Pigments mixed with paint and then applied to a Christmas tree
A Christmas tree painted by Glow Paint Industries in 2006. As you can see the glow in the dark Christmas tree was a great success.
Common Questions
Q) Should Fluorescent Paints be used outdoors?
A) Fluorescent Paints will work fine outside but over a number of years the paint will fade in colour. Fluorescent Paints are best used indoors.
Q) Is there a black, Gold, Silver or Gray Fluorescent paint?
A)No all these colours do not have fluorescent properties.
Q) Are black lights dangerous?
A) Most black lights that are available for sale in Australia are safe to use. UV Blacklights with dangerous wavelengths are not normally available for sale to the general public.
Q) What type of Black Light do I need for a Fluro Party?
A) To light a large area we recommend getting a 400W UV Black Light cannon. You can get these UV black lights from your local d’j supplies shop. Most d’j shops rent and sell their range of black lights.
Types of Black Lights
Black Light LED panels these black lights also work well and are suitable for both home fluro parties and professional use, but give inferior performance.
UV Black Light Tubes are good if you are trying to light an area where there are only normal white light fluorescent lighting. You can get these from electrical wholesalers.
Black Light bulbs are a good, cheap and cost effective method of buying UV black lights. We recommend buying energy efficient globes rather that the old style globes. The old style globes don’t work as well as the new energy efficient globes. You can get these from your local hardware store. You will need to check your light fittings before buying black light bulbs to check if you have bayonet or screw in fittings.
The type of UV Black light you buy will determine how well the paints work under UV Black light.
Above Photo: Pro black lights for large events.
Above Photo: 12 Volt DC UV Black Light
Is Glow in the dark the same as fluorescence?
No they are not the same at all. Glow in the dark pigments in the paints absorbs light from artificial light or natural light sources and then when placed in the dark the pigments in the paint discharge and light up and Glow. There is no scientific research or evidence to prove that Glow pigments are safe to use on skin or in face and body paint.
A new emerging trend is to use glow in the dark Face and Body Paints. After many years in selling glow in the dark powders and paints we know that this type of Glow paint is inferior compared to UV reactive paints.
This is why
1) Glow in the dark Face and Body Paints need very dark conditions to see the glow effect. 2) This make their use dangerous.
3) They are expensive
4) They have limited colours
5) To have a good glow effect these paints need large glow powder particle sizes. This makes them look like sandpaper.
Other useful information about Fluorescence in general
Is there Organic Fluorescent things in nature?
Yes some flowers have UV Properties which helps bees and other small insects find flowers.
Fluorescent rocks and minerals
Some rocks and minerals will fluoresce when near a black light.
Above image owned by: Hannes Grobe (Hgrobe 06:16, 26 April 2006 (UTC)) - Own work
Fluorescent minerals.
Above image owned by Didier Descouens - Own work
Fluorescing fluorite from Boltsburn Mine Weardale, North Pennines, County Durham, England, UK
Above Photo: Parrots under UV Black Lights.
Do animals see Fluorescence?
Yes they sure do. Some animals that can see in UV, are some species of Parrots (Some Male parrots have UV markings to attract mates). Some fish can see in UV, This has lead to some fishing lure manufactures to make Neon lures that are more attractive to fish.
Budgies under UV Black light.
Our uv fluorescent face and body paints
Many jar, tub and pail sizes to choose form. Click here to view all our fluorescent face and body paints.
Our uv fluorescent interior paints
Many jar, tub and pail sizes to choose form. Click here to view all our fluorescent interior paints.
New Artificial Neon Snow
Six neon snow colours to choose from. Non toxic and good for Neon Snow fights at Glow Paint Parties. 1KG of this Neon Snow Powder makes a whopping 20L~40L of Neon Snow. Click here to see all of our neon snow products.
Our glow in the dark powders
Many bag sizes to choose form. Click here to view all of our glow in the dark pigments and powders.
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